A new Pew survey shows that Americans who were raised in church but left their faith sometimes cite a belief in science and a corresponding disbelief in miracles, but some scholars are saying that those things are not mutually exclusive.
Pew Research asked 5,000 of the original 35,071 people from their 2014 Religious Landscape Study a set of follow-up questions earlier this year. Conducted via telephone interview from mid-March to early May, respondents who self-identified as "nones" — those with no religious affiliation — were asked to explain why they left their faith.
In results published on Tuesday, nearly 80 percent of those who identified as "nones" were raised in a religion of some kind before shedding it in their adult years. Many types of replies emerged from the questions, but a common response that appeared was one of no longer believing in their faith because of lack of evidence paired with a newfound belief in "science." more >>
After several universities and science institutes suggested earlier in August that billions of years ago Venus might have once supported life, much like Earth, Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham has argued that the Bible shows that God created life only on Earth.
"When we start with God's Word, we get an entirely different interpretation regarding Venus. Our Creator designed Venus on Day Four of Creation Week just a few thousand years ago. Since Earth, not Venus (or any other planet), was designed to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18), our presupposition implies that we wouldn't expect to find life on Venus in the past or the present," Ham argued in a blog post on Answers in Genesis.
"Now this is entirely different from the evolutionary expectation, but the difference isn't in the evidence. The difference is in the worldview and presuppositions of the person interpreting the evidence." more >>
Distinguished scholars at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland released a new 143-page report on Monday that argues that there is not enough definitive scientific evidence available to suggest that gay, lesbian and transgender individuals are born with a certain sexual orientation or gender identity.
In the three-part report published by The New Atlantis, Lawrence Mayer, a scholar-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University's psychiatry department and a professor of statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University, and Paul McHugh, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins, take on prevailing claims that sexual orientation and gender dysphoria are caused by natural traits.
Additionally, the scholars challenge the claim that discrimination and social stigma is the sole reason why those with same-sex attractions or transgender identity suffer higher rates of mental health problems. more >>
Florida Gulf Coast University recently released the result of a research connecting inactivity with high IQ. In this study, researchers were able to conclude that intelligent people enjoys being alone with their thoughts and doing intellectual endeavors (such as reading) rather than doing strenuous physical activities.
Researchers connect laziness to intelligence
The research also implied that those who have average IQ are likely to get bored easily than those with higher intelligence. more >>
Many were in awe when lava flow was observed seeping into the Pacific Ocean Tuesday. Although it sounds dangerous, quite a number of tourists still flocked to the Volcanoes National Park to witness the sight and the sound created by the magma when it intermittently "kisses" the sea. Visitors get to watch how the salty water reacts to the fume from the lava where vapor and lumps of blazing molten rock fragments is observed.
Pablo Aguayo, a tourist from Santiago, Chile told Phys.org how amazing the site is especially when amid darkness, one "[starts] in the middle of the ocean" and "[ends] up in [the] beautiful lava falls."
How did the lava reach the sea? more >>
Space enthusiasts as well as astronomers are getting excited for the biggest total solar eclipse happening next year.
The total solar eclipse will reportedly occur on August 21, 2017. The phenomenon is called the "Great American Total Solar Eclipse." According to sky enthusiasts, the upcoming solar eclipse will be the first one that is totally visible in the US after almost 40 years.
Great American Total Solar Eclipse Phenomenon - What is It? The Great American Total Solar Eclipse is a rare phenomenon as reported by Space.com. According to the outlet, the total solar eclipse will cover 70 miles (113 kilometers) of land in the US from Oregon to South Carolina. It is reportedly so big that people from both ends of the coasts in America can see the total solar eclipse from where they are standing. more >>